Come join us for Placencia Belize Lobsterfest 2014

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Scheduled from June 27 -29, 2014, the Placencia Lobsterfest is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize attracting thousands of local and international visitors. The event is organized by the Placencia BTIA and the Placencia Village Council and has long been a traditional mainstay of Placencia’s economy.

What to expect at Placencia Lobster Fest 2014:

  • Game for kids
  • Belikin beer drinking contest
  • Biggest lobstah’ competition
  • Lionfish tournament
  • Mr. & Ms. Physique
  • Tug-o-War
  • Tipsy tuna toss
  • Hot spicey wings eating contest
  • Kayak racing
  • Placencia Lobsterfest Classics
  •      Throw the cast net – A Placencia Lobsterfest original. Throw the cast net over the sand and try to scoop up a schilling!
  •      Reel in the kayak – That’s right! Grab a fishing rod and reel in a kayak with one person on board to shore!
  •      Fly fishing on the beach – Throw your fly fishing rod and land your fly in the center of a circle drawn in the sand. If you can do this, you are a real champ!

Check out this video on Belize’s Best Lobsterfest:

This is the most popular event of the season in Placencia so we hope to see you there!

Contact us today for more details on the Placencia Lobsterfest 2014!

Belize Prepares for Tourism Expo

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014

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BETEX, the largest tourism show organized and promoted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be held next month in Belize City from May 7-12, 2014. According to Herbert Haylock, President of the BTIA, the first BETEX event was organized in 1996 and since then has taken place every two years attracting more than 350 local and international tourism professionals and press representatives.

See also: 13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Vacation in Belize

The travel show is a business to business event that showcases Belize’s travel destinations, hotels, tour operators and other tourism service providers.

“It is an exclusive opportunity for international travel resellers (trade visitors) to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with local travel suppliers (exhibitors), learn more about Belize, and experience the destination first-hand,” says Mr Haylock, the BTIA President.

Opened only to registered participants, BETEX welcomes travel industry professionals with direct influence over purchasing decisions such as tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, group travel organizers, corporate travel buyers, event planners, conference organizers, and online travel companies and airlines.

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BETEX is an initiative of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Belize’s leading national private sector tourism association.  BTIA represents a unified voice which advocated for issues that benefit its members, influences tourism policy, legislation and marketing for the sustainable development of the industry and improved quality of the visitor experience.

To learn more about the travel show, please visit the website http://www.betex.bz or contact the show organizers at info@betex.bz.

 

Great Blue Hole Featured on Australia’s #1 News Site

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Divers descend to stalactites in Blue Hole. Tim Rock/Lonely Planet Source: Getty Images

The jawdropping 310 meter wide Great Blue Hole in Belize is currently being featured on Australia’s #1 News Site http://www.news.com.au/. The story was published on April 7 2014 by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world which described it as an azure submarine sinkhole that is a paradise for divers in search of crystal-clear water that hides treasures in its depths.

The article reads:

Welcome to the Great Blue Hole near Belize, a spectacular sight which Lonely Planet has explored for the new book The World’s Great Wonders.

From above, it looks like an eye — a large, dark pupil surrounded by a sliver of turquoise iris, framed by the eyelids of the reef. But now that you’re within its embrace, it’s hard to get a sense of its circular shape.

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A school of yellow angelfish linger by the reef. A lone parrotfish nibbles on the coral. Pressing on your scuba gear’s purge valve, you follow the stream of bubbles from fellow divers. As you sink lower, you are surprised by the absence of marine wildlife down here. You peer into the darkness, hoping for a glimpse of a turtle, or maybe a shark. But 40m down, there is an even more spectacular sight.

See also: 13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Vacation in Belize

Stalactites. The long swords of limestone, some 10m in length, cling to the roofs of cave inlets. At this depth they appear dirty brown in colour. You approach them tentatively, aware that one flick of a wayward fin could shatter eons of history. After all, stalactites started to form in these caves over 150,000 years ago.

Read the full article here.

For more information about Belize or the Great Blue Hole, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Belize’s Picture of the Day

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Belize’s picture of the day is of the beautiful Placencia beach and Caribbean Sea.

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Here’s a review from Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of tourist and travel information on Placencia Belize:

The Placencia peninsula is fast becoming one of the major visitor destinations in Belize, one that may eventually rival Ambergris Caye as the most popular resort area in the country. It’s one 16-mile- (26-km-) long peninsula, with three different but complementary areas: Northern Peninsula/Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and Placencia Village.

The former dirt track that ran 25 miles (41 km) from the Southern Highway to the tiny community of Riversdale and then down the peninsula to Placencia Village has been paved, and the road is now in excellent condition (beware the speed bumps, however). Beginning at Riversdale, at the elbow where the actual peninsula joins the mainland, you’ll get a quick glimpse through mangroves of the startlingly blue Caribbean. As you go south, the Placencia Lagoon is on your right, and behind it in the distance rise the low Maya Mountains, the Cockscomb Range ruffling the tropical sky with its jagged peaks. On your left, a few hundred feet away, beyond the remaining mangroves and a narrow band of beach, is the Caribbean Sea. A broken line of uninhabited cayes grazes the horizon.

The northern end of the peninsula from Riversdale south to Maya Beach once had just a few small seaside houses, and Maya Beach was a sleepy beach community. Now the towering five-story buildings of the Copal Beach condominium development, currently under construction, rise up out of the flat peninsula land. “For Sale” signs dot the roadside, supersize beach- and lagoon-side mansions are going up at The Placencia Residences and elsewhere, and several new condominium communities and resorts are open or planned (though some are struggling to find buyers). These new resorts and condo developments join a small group of laid-back seaside hotels and cabins. The beaches toward the upper end of the peninsula are some of the best on mainland Belize, and more restaurants and shops are starting to open here. One of the best restaurants in all of Belize, the Bistro at Maya Beach Hotel, is usually packed. There’s now even a small bowling alley in Maya Beach, Jaguar Lanes.

Roughly midway down the peninsula is the Garífuna village of Seine Bight, struggling to adapt to change. At both the north and south ends of the village upscale resorts and condo developments have sprung up to take advantage of the appealing beaches.

On a sheltered half-moon bay at the southern tip of the peninsula is Placencia Village. Founded by pirates, and long a Creole village, the community is now inhabited by an extraordinary mélange of people, local and expatriate. Most of the hotels in the village are modest, and the shops have tiny selections. Never mind, once you arrive you’ll probably just want to lie in a hammock with a good book, perhaps getting up long enough to cool off in the gentle waves or to sip a Belikin at one of the village saloons.

From anywhere on the Placencia peninsula you can dive along the reef, swim in the warm sea water, look for scarlet macaws in Red Bank Village to the southwest (between December and February), explore the Mayan ruins at Mayflower and hike to the waterfalls there, or, on a full day trip, travel to the Mayan sites at Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit near Punta Gorda, or treat yourself to some of the best sportfishing in the country.

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For more information about Placencia or Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

 

Watch Now: A Mesmerizing Video of a Belize Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Alex Parillo recently visited Belize and created this amazing video that summarizes the things he did on his vacation. Watch now to find out the beautiful and mesmerizing things that awaits you in Belize.

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For more information about things to do on a Belize vacation, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

For more photos of Belize, Placencia and Chabil Mar, we invite you to visit our Photo Gallery or view a virtual tour: http://www.chabilmarvillas.com/panoramas/virtualtour.html